The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Local Government & Lands Mr. Buba Sanyang told the Commission of enquEnquiryt the KMC Councillors pay themselves as they like with allowances and always ignore the endorsements and recommendations of the Ministry, unlike other Councils
The Chairperson of the Commission Madam Jainaba Bah Sambou asked the Permanent Secretary as to who is legally mandated to determine the allowances of the Councillors for Municipalities
The Permanent Secretary answered that it is the Minister who is mandated to determine Councillors’ allowances. The Chairperson mentioned an increase in emoluments and allowances of the KMC mayor’s office increased from ( Nine Million six hundred and twenty-five thousand one hundred and Ninety-four dalasis and sixteen bututs ) D9,625,194.16 in 2018 to Fourteen Million one hundred and fourteen thousand nine hundred and twenty-six dalasis forty-eight bututs ( D14,114,926.48 ) in 2021.
The Permanent Secretary Mr Sanyang stated that KMC Mayor and Councillors do as they like and pay themselves as they want disregarding of Minister’s approval.
According to the testimony KMC in particular hires and contracts as they wish disregarding ministry approval or endorsement. We revise their budgets we send them they ignore and they pay themselves as they feel. They go by what they want sanyang concluded.